Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) Foreign Minister Davit Babayan on Friday, August 12 thanked Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev for his "sincerity" in that he never deceived the public about Baku's plans for Artsakh.
"Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said yesterday (Thursday - Ed.) in his interview that within Azerbaijan the Armenians living in Karabakh would have neither status, nor independence, nor any special privileges," Babayan said in a statement shared on social media.
"First of all, I want to thank Aliyev for his sincerity. Indeed, neither Azerbaijan nor its leadership has ever misled or deceived about their plans for Artsakh. Secondly, indeed, Karabakh will not have anything as part of Azerbaijan, because there will be no Karabagh at all. Moreover, for Artsakh itself, any status within Azerbaijan is unacceptable. How could the Jews have any kind of administrative-territorial status within Nazi Germany?"
Aliyev said Thursday that the Armenians of Karabakh "must take the right step, understand that their future is integration with Azerbaijani society." He said that "Armenians of Karabakh will have no status, no independence, and no privileges."